Friday, 20 October 2017

National Poetry Day Competition Winners

Winning Poem by Julius (Indigo)


Free us, Free us, Free us,
Free us, Free us, Free us
Let us live as our wish
Let us lead the way we need
Give us the scope to fly so high
Give us the way to reach so high
Let us be part of the game
Though we lose or though we gain
Let us show our height and weight
Give us the chance to read and write
Give us the chance to know and think
Let us be with you
Let us be along with you 
Give us a chance to sing and dance
Give us a chance to spring and blossom
Let us be as great as you
Let us be equal to you
Let us express our thoughts and feelings
Let us exhibit our talents and ideas
Free us, Free us, Free us
Free us, Free us, Free us

A fabulous poem!

Winning Poem by Emeka (Amethyst)


Freedom the scorching light of the sun
But if I stay they'll find me like a burnt bun
I have to run, I have to run
Nowhere to have any fun

They catch me, they kill me
Fear not for they will not see
The traps are only trouble
I want to fly away in a small little bubble

Fantastic adventures await me on my steed
The perfect match of velocity and speed
The calm rolled out seas
The summer sets out its bees

I have not long in this paradise
This is a game of cat and mice
Is it all how it seemed
no it was all a dream

Great use of vocabulary. An intriguing poem.
Well done!

Winning Poem by Robert (Sapphire)


Freedom is going outside,
flowing free like a river 
into the sea.

Freedom is running through a field.
Freedom is flying through the sky like a 
beautiful Eagle.

Excellent Poem
Well done!

Winning Poem by Thomas (Green)


I love freedom it makes me so alive. 
It's so lovely it makes me burst with pride.

A man who fought for freedom his name was 
Martin Luther King.
He was a man who had a dream. 

Freedom is an everlasting hope that once reached
cannot be taken away.

I hope that we can all live in peace and harmony and 
enjoy freedom one day.

Beautiful thoughtful poem.
Well done!

Winning Poem by Isabella (Emerald)


Freedom should give you a more joyful life
when you could do whatever you like.
If I had the chance to do whatever I wanted to 
I would visit the Statue of Liberty
with my friends of different nationalities and when we arrived we would drink lemonade to celebrate the day.
To celebrate Freedom!

A lovely thoughtful poem.
Well done!

Winning Poem by Giselle (Blue Class) 


Freedom is
Running in big fields
Exploring everywhere
Educating yourself
Doing what you love
Opening your eyes to the world
Making your dreams come true.

What a lovely poem and really well presented.

Well done!

Book Review

Book Reviews

Each week a child from classes Years 3 to 6 has been chosen to write a review of the book they have borrowed from our School Library. The completed review is shared with their class and displayed for all to see in the Library on our Special Book Review Board.
Each half-term the best review will win a prize of a £5 book voucher for our Book Fair. 

This term our winning entry is from Leoni in Tanzanite Class for Jacqueline Wilson's 'Double Act'.

 Read the Review here:

Congratulations Leoni! 

Who will be the next winner?


National Poetry Day Competition

Congratulations to the winners of our poetry competition.

Feyi - Violet
Emeka - Amethyst
Nina - Tanzanite
Julius - Indigo
Blue - Giselle
Sapphire - Robert
Green - Thomas
Emerald - Isabella

There creative poems are on display in the library and I will be featuring them in this blog next term.

Each of the winners won a £5 Book Voucher for our November Book Fair.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Book Fair!

Book Surgery

The Book Surgery at Parent’s Evening on Thursday 19th October.

One of our local bookshops from Crouch End, Pickled Pepper Books, who have organised several successful author events with our school, were on hand to help parents and carers with suggestions of titles to encourage a love of reading for pleasure in reluctant readers, as well as to recommend newer titles for keen readers to try.

We are pleased that many parents and carers came along to discuss with the book seller the various books on offer and avail of his experience when choosing for all types of readers. There was an atmosphere of real excitement about the books with many delighted children going home with a new book.

Thanks to all for coming along to support this new initiative.

Thanks to Pickled Pepper Books. 

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Black History Month

To celebrate Black History Month come in to the library and read some of the books we have on the inspirational lives of people like 

Barack Obama
Malorie Blackman
Mo Farah

 Mary Seacole
Martin Luther King
and many more.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Book Surgery

Come to our Book Surgery 

at Parent's Evening

on Thursday 19th October
Key Stage 2 Junior Hall 

At parent's evening your class teacher will be discussing personalised areas for development in reading.

We have invited one of our local bookshops from Crouch End, Pickled Pepper Books, who have organised several wonderful author events with our school, to be on hand to help parents and carers with suggestions of titles to encourage a love of reading in reluctant readers as well as recommend newer titles for keen readers.

Books will be available for purchase on the evening and the school will receive 10% on all book sales which means more books for our School Library.

We hope that you will find this book surgery useful.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Author Trip

Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin and Giovanni Rigano

Children from Year 6 went to Coleridge Junior School to meet Eoin Colfer, former Irish Children’s Laureate and the author of the popular science fantasy novels ‘Artemis Fowl’. He was there to talk about his latest book, a graphic novel entitled ‘Illegal’, a timely story about a migrant boy’s epic journey across Africa to Europe.

There was great excitement as we walked to Coleridge in Crouch End on the morning of Wednesday 4th October. Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin , co-author, gave a lively, fun and informative presentation on the making of their graphic novel. 

Meanwhile in the background the Italian illustrator, Giovanni Rigano, was demonstrating with his live drawing the speed and accuracy of his craft to the obvious delight of the children who applauded after each drawing was finished.

Eoin and Andrew explained that all the news covering the desperate blight of migrants had touched their hearts and they had been drawn to write this story. They felt a responsibility to bring more awareness and understanding to the terrible journeys that our fellow humans are subjected to in their search for a better life. Their message to the children was that everyone matters and that we should do all we can to help.

Eoin and Andrew’s made their presentation very light-hearted and funny. They shared the secrets of their writing including the good advice of always making a plan before writing and being observant of the world and people around us.

And at the end there was an opportunity for the children to ask the authors questions:

Georgine asked: if you could be in any of your books, who would you be and why?
Priscilla asked: where did you two first meet?
Michaela asked: will you continue writing serious books or go back to comedy?

Finally, there was a book signing for those children who had pre-purchased copies of ‘Illegal’.

Eoin said he was delighted to meet us all and that, hopefully, next time he would visit us.

Something to look forward to!

Thank you to Coleridge Primary School and Pickled Pepper Books for organising this event. 

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Author Trip

Eoin Colfer

Eoin Colfer
Year 6 children are off to see Eoin Colfer, former Irish Children’s Laureate and the author of the popular science fantasy novels ‘Artemis Fowl’, at Coleridge Primary School on Wednesday 4th October.

The children will have the opportunity to hear him speak and purchase signed copies of his new graphic novel ‘Illegal’, a timely story about one boy’s epic journey across Africa to Europe.

If you wish to purchase the book please make payment via Parentpay only by Tuesday 3rd October.  After this deadline we cannot accept any further orders for signed books. 

This is a fantastic opportunity and we are all very much looking forward to it.